Pastors have a hard job — you probably know that. With so much going on during the week, it can be hard as a church leader to remember that the congregation needs encouragement outside of those few hours on Sunday.
There are many churches where the leadership focuses so heavily on Sunday’s church service that they loose time to encourage and inspire their people throughout the week. Encouragement from pastors and church leaders does not have to be complicated or time consuming. Plus, it can be incredibly beneficial to the people of the congregation.
Here are 5 ways you can encourage your congregation this week:
1. Encourage Scripture Reading Throughout the Week
Staying in the word throughout the week is a huge encouragement alone. Why not share a passage each Sunday for your congregation to read on their own during the week. We even help one of our partner churches create & distribute a document called “Talk It Out.” This print-out includes church-wide scripture reading, reflection questions, and take-aways. This is great way to connect with your congregation and encourage their spiritual growth!
2. Send Some Notes of Encouragement During the Week
This is a simple act that could really brighten somebody’s day. Send out cards or emails containing encouraging verses and a note to let your congregation know that you are praying for them! This could be especially impactful for the college students within your church. You never know what kind of day they could be having and that little note could mean a lot to someone.
3. Foster participation in church groups
Bible studies or home groups in some churches have a tendency to not be closely connected to the church. A church member may have started the group, but perhaps not many know about it! By encouraging active participation in these groups through church announcement video, offering baby sitting, or even having the pastor drop in on the group — your congregation will be spending more time with each other and in the word each week.
4. Get Online!
Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are great ways to communicate with your congregation throughout the week. This is a place where you can invite your flock to Bible study, ask for prayer requests, give a special message from the pastor, or share an encouraging or inspirational verse. If you are not active on at least one these networks, I truly believe you won’t fully experience your potential as a pastor. Fortunately, our team can partner with you to maximize your online ministry.
5. Work together
Nothing brings people together better than a common goal — this is especially true for churches. Whether its raising money or volunteering outside the church, get creative with it! Have church members donate money to have the youth group put decorative flamingo’s all over someones lawn. Ask the congregation to gather at a soup kitchen and serve a meal together. Do a program like Operation Christmas Child and watch the huge smiles on peoples faces as they pile their boxes high in the church foyer- they are all doing something good together! This can have an extremely positive impact on not only the community, but your own members.
Share some ways you can encourage your own congregation this week!
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (NIV)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rebekah Conboy is from the middle of nowhere. She is a wife, college student. and writer. She loves reading classic literature, watching movies based on classic literature, writing stories inspired by classic literature, and eating pizza. She also has a serious weakness for cute dogs.
Sarah Rose DeVoe was born in Vermont, is an alumni of Word of Life Bible Institute, and is now a senior at Davis College in New York. She grew up in Jos, Nigeria, and has no idea how to answer the question, “Where are you from?” She loves taking pictures, discovering new shows, and considers herself a cat person.